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.. martha: take a look at the u.s. economy this morning. there is a new report that has some not very good news on this. families are seeing a lot less money in their paychecks according to this new report. it finds the median household income fell by 1.1% to under $51,000 last month. you take a look at the chart on this since 2009 and it is not a pretty picture. it is a significant drop since the president came into office. stuart varney joins me now. he is the host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. stuart, good morning. that's a tough chart. >> yes, it is a tough chart. it paints a picture of real distress in middle america. buying power down, our standard of living falling and hardship, hardship right there in the middle of america is actually give gettingous. -- getting worse. let me give you key number. from the start of the obama administration the median household income in america has fallen, repeat, fallen, down around $4,000. we've not seen this kind of decline over a long period of time, three, four years, we have not seen this before. if you go further and
economy because we've got a lot of new numbers that have come in that are giving us a better read on the health of the u.s. economy. u.s. weekly jobless claims fell by 26,000 to 359 people. fueling a modest improvement in the unemployment picture. while numbers on the gdp are pretty rough. they show that the economy is still indeed very sluggish. and that's where we start with stuart varney, host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. stuart, that gdp number is a downward revision and it is a very rough picture in terms of growth. >> yes. it means that america's economy right now is at stall speed, going nowhere, extremely low rate of growth. think about it, martha. we've come from 4% growth at the end of last year, 2 1/2% growth at the beginning of this year. now we're down to just 1.3% growth. that is it. i think that stall speed for america's economy. less consumer spending, less business investment, in the april through june quarter. i've got another number for you that also confirms a very weak economy. durable goods orders, big-ticket items like cars, trucks machine
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gamble because france's economy is dead flat, teetering on recession. 10-year high for unemployment and france puts in place huge tax increases. bill: i'm reading the two measures bringing around half a billion euros. >> that's it. >> what will that do for them? >> not much. there are other taxes as well which will bring in a total they think of 20 billion euros. bill: higher tax rates on dividends? >> dividends, capital gains, dividends, profits, reinvestment of capital, interest you name it. bill: here is a query for you. are they cutting spending at all? >> by about $10 billion euros. $20 billion worth of tax increases. $10 billion worth of spending cuts gives you a 30 billion euro reduction they think in the budget deficit. bill: well on the spending cuts, how much resistance was there? >> there is going to be a lot of resistance. in france there is really a cradle to grave security system and the state is at the very center of the economy. when the state starts cutting into to spending, cutting down on spending, there will be some resistance and it will be seen on the streets.
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